SOURCE: Ze Mean Bean Cafe

September 25, 2007 12:39 ET

Baltimore's Favorite Old World Restaurant Debuts Hot New Look Inspired by Three Generations of Family-Owned Ze Mean Bean Café

City Living Source Launches Premier Issue at Re-Opening Event Sponsored by Pilsner Urquell, ZYR Vodka, and 3 Dog Communications

BALTIMORE, MD--(Marketwire - September 25, 2007) - Ze Mean Bean Café, Baltimore's only Eastern European restaurant and wine bar, announced today that it will host a grand re-opening event on Saturday September 29, 2007 to give attendees the first look at their highly-anticipated remodeled dining room and menu. The revamp, inspired by three generations of the family business has tapped ZYR Vodka, Pilsner Urquell, 3 Dog Communications, and newly-launched publication -- City Living Source to celebrate the unveiling and over 12 years of success in Baltimore's Fells Point.

"This project and event are especially close to my heart because they celebrate my heritage, my beloved restaurant, and the personalities of me, my parents, fiancée and nephew -- all of which have been a part of the business since the day we opened our doors," said Ze Mean Bean Café proprietor Yvonne Dornic. "Without the support and contribution of my family there is no way my sleepy Fells Point coffee shop could have become the award-winning restaurant and wine bar it is today."

Opened during the American coffee shop revival in 1995, 'The Bean' originally offered patrons lattes as-big-as-their-heads and a hodge-podge of desserts and baked goods home-cooked by the owner's mother in a setting that more resembled a Czech bistro than a Fell's Point buzz and run. Throughout the years, Ze Mean Bean acquired a liquor license, expanded to a second floor, and won accolades for its eclectic wine list, cozy vibe, and unique menu. Ze Mean Bean has been named a 'Best of Baltimore' restaurant eight of its twelve years in business and has been dubbed 'Best Brunch,' 'Best First Date,' and countless others from publications such as Baltimore Magazine, Zagats, and The City Paper. Now a culinary veteran and local favorite, Ze Mean Bean will showcase a brand new bar, menu, and glammed-up décor complete with Romero Britto art-adorned walls. Though the café has undergone a make-over, regulars shouldn't worry -- the Slavic specialties, big red couch, fireplace and Old World charm haven't been sacrificed.

The event's co-host is Dornic family friend and City Living Source Publisher Dawn Codd, who recently launched the premier Baltimore-edition of her complimentary magazine and Web source for restaurant reviews, incentives, and events earlier this month. The City Living publications earned their chops in Washington D.C. as published co-ops that enable retailers, restaurants, and service providers of all sizes and budgets to replace individual direct mail marketing with a cost-effective, tailored, and complimentary-designed section of a targeted, glossy magazine and website.

"Charm City is certainly an appropriate tagline for Baltimore -- our warm welcome to the city has been overwhelming," said Dawn Codd. "The timing for our launch couldn't have been better. Celebrating our new venture with the longtime success of Ze Mean Bean Café is a great combination. I am looking forward to a fun-filled evening of food, friends, great Czech beer, Russian vodka tasting, and maybe even a little polkaing."

For more information about Ze Mean Bean Café visit, City Living Source at, Pilsner Urquell at, and ZYR Vodka at

Contact Information

  • Media Inquiry Contact:
    Matt Dornic
    3 Dog Communications
    +1 443 414 1393